Title: Japan struggles with Fukushima water leaks
Author: Matt Smith
Date: August 6, 2013
[...] highly radioactive water from the site has been seeping into groundwater and the harbor off the plant. [...]
[...] The problem now is what to do with groundwater that’s leaking into the damaged basements of the reactor buildings and passing out contaminated, said Michael Friedlander, a former nuclear plant operator and engineer. [...]
[Tepco] is having to store the radioactive water in massive tank farms built around the site — a makeshift solution with no good permanent fix, Friedlander said. [...]
And Friedlander said that may leave TEPCO and Japan’s government with two choices sure to stoke further public anger: “You can either dump it in the ocean, or you can evaporate it.”
“At the end of the day, collecting 400 tons of water every single day is not a sustainable solution,” he said.
Federal officials allowed the Three Mile Island nuclear plant [...] to let contaminated water evaporate, Friedlander said — but TMI was nowhere near the scale of the Fukushima disaster.
“We’re in uncharted territory here,” he said.
Orlando Sentinel, Nov. 25, 1992: Nuclear Plant To Release Radioactive Evaporation [...] radiation will be released into the atmosphere, but not enough to be harmful, [Three Mile Island] spokeswoman Mary Wells said.
AP, April 17, 1987: The water [...] could be boiled into steam without significant harm to the environment, says GPU Nuclear Corp., operator of the Pennsylvania plant.
Published: August 6th, 2013 at 10:09 pm ET